Russia has been isolated from the West after the invasion of Ukraine.
Now it is pushing to improve its relations with North Korea and Iran.
China can also join this alliance, which can become a big problem for Western countries.
Lancaster (UK). A recent US intelligence report has revealed that Russia is planning to buy “millions” of Soviet-era weapons from North Korea. Britain’s defense intelligence has also confirmed that Russia is using Iran-made drones in Ukraine for the first time.
The revelations came after diplomatic talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to mark North Korea’s Liberation Day on August 15. The two leaders proposed new strategic and strategic cooperation and emphasized the tradition of friendship between them.
A few days ago, Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi and promised to send a major business delegation to Iran. He also promised to do everything possible to make Iran a full-time member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This political and security alliance includes Russia, China, Uzbekistan and Pakistan.
Russia was different from western countries
Russia has been isolated from the West since the attack on Ukraine, after which it is pushing to improve its cooperation with autocratic countries, especially North Korea and Iran. China could also join this alliance and it could become a real threat to Western countries in the coming years.
Moscow maintained close diplomatic relations with Pyongyang during the Cold War, and the Soviet Union has been one of North Korea’s most important economic partners. This relationship changed dramatically after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Russia ceased to be a communist country and focused on building positive relations with Western democracies.
He prioritized economic ties to ideological ties and began increasing ties with the US and South Korea. This worsened its ties with Pyongyang, and North Korea focused on building closer ties with China.
Why is North Korea isolated?
When Putin came to power in 2000, he tried to restart Russia’s diplomatic relations with North Korea. Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il also visited Russia on a few occasions.
However, this relationship was challenged by Russia’s deeply pragmatic approach to foreign policy. The Kremlin has consistently condemned Pyongyang’s nuclear program for maintaining friendly relations with the West.
However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has given it an opportunity to improve relations between the two countries after economic and political separation.
After the breakup of the Soviet Union, North Korea has become largely dependent on Beijing for trade and energy. But even this relationship is not free from political tensions. China’s main objective in the Korean Peninsula is to prevent the fall of North Korea’s autocratic government and its reunification with South Korea.
This will not be acceptable to China as it fears that the integration of the Korean countries will increase US involvement in the region.
Kim Jong Un wants to increase friendship with Russia for these reasons
This is one reason why Kim Jong Un wants to get closer to Moscow in relations between China and North Korea. The second reason is that having closer ties with Russia allows it to get energy at cheaper rates and it can increase its technical, scientific and commercial cooperation.
Some commentators say that Russia’s leaning towards North Korea is a positive sign. He claimed that Russia’s arms request meant that military and economic sanctions were working against the Kremlin. Unable to buy weapons from other countries, Putin is turning to North Korea and Iran, whose weapons are considered unreliable.
It is true that the close ties between the world’s most dangerous autocrats are a dire warning to the West. Russia’s interests in North Korea and Iran may be selfish, but it also signals that Moscow is not concerned with maintaining diplomatic relations with the West and may position the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a NATO rival.
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First Published: September 18, 2022, 00:03 IST